Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, one of the band's original members, "has left the group" according to a terse statement released Friday (March 20) on the band's Web site.

The statement said, "The SMASHING PUMPKINS' guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Billy Corgan has announced that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring."

The band showed signs of tension at its most recent shows, with Corgan brutally berating the audience and individual fans from the stage. "Yes, the circus is back on the road," Corgan told a crowd in New York in November. "Just when you thought drama was so '90s."